Missouri Senate Votes to Undo Abortion ‘Sanctuary City’ Ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2017
Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org 703-380-6674

Gov. Greitens’ Special Pro-life Session Called to Address Ordinance & to Enact New Safety Standards for Abortion Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised pro-life legislation advanced this morning by the Missouri Senate. Gov. Eric Greitens called a special legislative session to address a local ordinance declaring St. Louis a “sanctuary city” for abortion and to enact new health and safety standards for abortion facilities.

“We thank Governor Greitens and the Missouri Senate for their swift action to undo the chilling ordinance that would turn St. Louis into a ‘sanctuary city’ for abortion and to protect the health and safety of women by requiring annual inspections of abortion facilities,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Gov. Greitens showed decisive leadership in calling a pro-life special session to address the dangerous conditions that have resulted in women being transported by ambulance at least 66 times since 2009, according to local pro-life activists. We are encouraged to see these vital protections advance and urge legislators in the House to pass them immediately.”

Governor Greitens previously spoke out against the St. Louis ordinance which added abortion to the city’s anti-discrimination law. The effect of the law is that pregnancy resource centers are under attack and pro-life organizations may be forced to hire people who are not pro-life. Pro-life building owners could also be forced to rent out space to abortion facilities or advocates.

During the 2016 election cycle, a team of nearly 50 SBA List canvassers knocked on 48,000 doors across the “Show Me” state urging low-propensity pro-life voters, including Democrats, to support Gov. Greitens and other pro-life candidates on the ballot.

Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, knocking on more than 1.1 million doors in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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